Now that ISTEP+ Part 1 is over, students are now preparing for Part 2 which begins April 17. Part 1 is what is referred to as the applied skills test in which students construct their own responses to task prompts in language arts and math. Part 2 is a multiple-choice test which SCEC students take online. It's just as rigorous as Part 1 and it counts for 70% of the combined scores of both parts. Teachers are strategically delivering the instruction of Indiana's academic standards to get our kids ready to show what they have learned. As important as the statewide test is, we know that the test has its limits. It cannot adequately assess how wonderful our children truly are!